Bhumi Pujan for the new buildings at the YSS Educational Campus, Jagannathpur was held on Friday, May 10, 2019.
This project is part of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of its Founder, Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (author of the Autobiography of a Yogi), which started in the year 2018.
The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, instituted a National Implementation Committee (NIC) to undertake various programmes to honour and commemorate this event. One of these initiatives was to upgrade the infrastructure and facilities of the YSS educational institutions at Ranchi.
The function at Jagannathpur included bhumi pujan, havan, a period of meditation and chanting. The Chief Guest and main speaker of the function was Sri Harivansh Narayan Singh, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Along with him on the dais were Swami Vishwananda Giri, a senior sannyasi and a Board Member of YSS, Swami Ishwarananda Giri, General Secretary of YSS, and other YSS sannyasis: Swamis Suddhananda Giri and Nirvanananda Giri.
Eight buildings, and a complex of 24 classrooms, with a total built-up area of 84,000 square feet will be constructed under this scheme. While the Government of India is funding the construction of all the ancillary buildings, YSS is directly funding the construction of the classroom complex.
The classrooms have a unique design, wherein the students will be able to remain in touch with outside nature, which provides an ideal learning environment to unfold their innate potential. Paramahansa Yoganandaji encouraged this form of classroom learning.
The eight buildings include independent blocks for Administration, Science Laboratories, Library, NCC activities, and classrooms for Yogoda Satsanga Vidyalaya; and a multipurpose hall, which can seat about 1000 persons, for the Yogoda Satsanga Mahavidyalaya. The multipurpose hall will also have large classrooms on the ground floor, each of which can accommodate about 250 students. The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 11 crores.
Speaking to those present, Swami Ishwarananda Giri recalled that Paramahansa Yoganandaji had started a Brahmacharya Vidyalaya, in Ranchi more than a hundred years ago with only a handful of boys. Today, that humble initiative has grown to around 20 YSS Educational Institutions across India, including three colleges in Ranchi - a girls’ school in Chutia, and a boys’ school and a degree college in Jagannathpur. He expressed gratitude to the Government for this benevolent support to the school in improving the quality of education provided to students.
Swami Vishwananda Giri said it was a pleasure to see the work of Yoganandaji reaching far and wide, and urged the teachers, and faculty to nurture the students on Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s ideal where modern educational methods were combined with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals.